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By: Ysabel Tang

Western Australia's regional wildflower hotspots are spectacular. But they can be a trek. Luckily, a day is all you need to appreciate wildflowers a little closer to the city.

There are plenty of stunning self-drive wildflower day trips from Perth. Here’s seven of our favourites, all within 100km of Perth CBD.

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1. Korung National Park, Canning Mills

Wildflower species Red-ink sundews (Drosera erythrorhiza), leafy sundew (Drosera stolonifera), drooping leucopogon (Leucopogon nutans), trigger plants (Stylidium ciliatum) and more.
Season September to November
Distance 30km, 36-minute drive from Perth
Entry fee Free

Korung National Park (formerly known as Pickering Brook National Park) is a short drive from Perth and features an abundance of native wildflowers in spring. There are several walking trails in the area for all fitness levels.

Explore the Carmel Reserve Short Loop to take in the wildflowers on an easy walk. You’ll spot trigger plants, leafy sundew and leucopogon on this 2.9-km loop trail. The trail starts on Morton Road, opposite the Anembo Road intersection.

The Munda Biddi cycle trail also runs through the park for those who prefer to spot wildflowers at a faster pace.

To get your heart rate up, head to the Lion Lookout trail off Welshpool Road East. Your efforts on this challenging 4-km loop hike will be rewarded with sprays of wildflowers along the trail and a breathtaking view of Bickley Reservoir.

Native wildflowers at sunset on a hill in Korung National Park.

Image credit: Tourism Western Australia and @naturebynathan

2. Beelu National Park, Mundaring

Wildflower species Mulla mulla, bull banksia, zamia, grass trees, orchids and more.
Season September to November
Distance 41km, 46-minute drive from Perth
Entry fee Free

Formerly known as Mundaring National Park, Beelu National Park is a sprawling woodland in the Perth Hills. You can admire wildflowers all over the park, with several trails and picnic spots in the area.

Pack a picnic basket and head out to Pimelea Mycumbene, Grevillea Mycumbene or the Dell. There are plenty of wildflowers to see at these scenic spots. You can also go bushwalking around the area to spy more wildflowers and burn off your lunch.

The Perth Hills Discovery Centre is another great stop while you’re in the area. Starting from the centre, you can hop on the Bibbulmun Track to appreciate the wildflowers of Beelu National Park. This 12.4-km return walk will lead you through jarrah and banksia forest along the side of Helena Valley. You’ll see Lake CY O’Connor, part of the historic Golden Pipeline and end up at Golden View Lookout for a spectacular view of Mundaring Weir.

3. Walyunga National Park, Bullsbrook

Wildflower species Hakeas,isopogons, petrophiles, verticordias, zamia, red runner, hibbertias, triggerplants, dryandras, grevilleas, and at least 12 orchid species.
Season September to November
Distance 42km, 45-minute drive from Perth
Entry fee $15 per standard vehicle. Visit Explore Parks WA for more information.

Just behind the Darling Scarp lies Walyunga National Park, an 1,800-hectare woodland in the Darling Range. The park is rich in Aboriginal heritage and natural beauty, and is home to kangaroos, birds, and other native wildlife.

The park is one of the largest known Aboriginal campsites around Perth, with archaeological evidence suggesting the site has been in use for more than 6,000 years. Wildflowers bloom along the easy 1.6-km return Aboriginal Heritage Trail, which follows the Avon River between Walyunga Pool and Boongarup Pool.

To explore deeper into the park, continue onto the Syd’s Rapids trail which extends a further 1.7-km (3.5-km return). The 11-km Echidna Trail is another popular route, which loops through the park and passes through marri and wandoo woodland.

All trails start at the Walyunga Pool car park.

4. Serpentine National Park, Serpentine

Wildflower species Wattle, kangaroo paws, hakea, hardenbergia, chorizema, verticordia, various orchids and more.
Season August to November
Distance 60km, 1 hour drive from Perth
Entry fee $15 per standard vehicle. Visit Explore Parks WA for more information.

The spring wildflower displays of Serpentine National Park rival its more famous attraction, Serpentine Falls. This 4,300-hectare national park supports a diverse range of native flora and fauna and is a popular spot amongst wildflower enthusiasts.

The best time to visit is September when the hillsides burst with vibrant native blooms. However, a visit anywhere between August to November will still be rewarded with some great wildflower spotting.

There are several walk trails throughout the park of varying difficulty. Starting from the Serpentine Falls car park, take a 0.4-km walk on the Falls Walk Trail up to the Serpentine Falls viewing platform. From there you can access Kitty’s Gorge Trail and Baldwin’s Bluff Trail, two moderately challenging hikes that offer amazing wildflower experiences in spring.

5. Shire of Chittering

Wildflower species Blue leschenaultia, catspaw, firewood banksia, featherflower, honeybush, purple flag, fringe lily, cowslip orchid, foxtail mulga grass and more.
Season August to October
Distance 69km, 52-minute drive from Perth
Entry fee Free

Each spring, Chittering explodes with wildflowers. Whether you’re keen for a walk or prefer to take in views from the comfort of your car, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the area's abundant flora.

On foot, the Djidi-Djidi Ridge Trail is a great way to start your wildflower adventure. This 1.5-km return walk heads up to a lookout for spectacular views of Chittering Valley. The trail is relatively easy, though it has some rough, steep, and slippery spots. On your way to the top, you’ll spot featherflower, native fuchsia, blue squill and many other native wildflowers.

There are also several wildflower self-drives in Chittering. Popular routes include Tourist Drive 359, which will take you through the Chittering Valley and back onto Great Northern Highway.

The best time to visit Chittering is in September during the annual Chittering Spring Festival. You can enjoy food and wine, arts and crafts, and fresh local produce as you take in the shire’s vibrant florals.

Western Australian bushland at Djidi-Djidi Ridge Reserve in Chittering.

Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

6. Shire of Toodyay

Wildflower species Everlastings, blue leschenaultia, wattle, firewood banksia, various orchids and more.
Season September to November
Distance 91km, 1 hour 10-minute drive from Perth
Entry fee Free

Toodyay is renowned for its spring wildflowers, with roads well sign-posted so visitors can pull over and admire local blooms.

Dawn Atwell Nature Reserve is one of the best spots to enjoy wildflowers in Toodyay. Access to the reserve is via Julimar Road, where there’s parking and a picnic table.

The 85-hectare reserve supports and protects varied vegetation, from banksia woodland to jarrah, marri and powderbark wandoo. There are more than a hundred species of wildflowers recorded in the reserve, so wildflower enthusiasts will have plenty to see on the many trails in the area. While you wander, keep an eye out for the endangered star sun orchid.

There are several other nature reserves in Toodyay worth exploring. Be aware that most trails aren’t well marked, so be prepared with a map or GPS before you set off.

Carpets of pink native wildflowers in the bush at Majestic Height Reserve in Toodyay.

Image credit: Tourism Western Australia

7. Shire of York

Wildflower species Pygmy sundew, yellow hibbertia, rosy cheeked donkey orchids, climbing fringed lily, mouse ears and more.
Season August to October
Distance 98km, 1 hour 17-minute drive from Perth
Entry fee Free

The country town of York is a little over an hour out of Perth and well worth the trip for its many wildflower hotspots. There are several reserves in the area where wildflowers can be enjoyed on foot or from your car.

On arriving in York, head to the York Visitor Centre to pick up wildflower guides and maps. The shire also has a wildflower and bird spotting guide online, which includes a detailed map of the area and location of the reserves.

For professional wildflower hunters, wildflower sightings around York are available on the shire’s website. Here you can find out exactly what species are in bloom and where, based on recent sightings.


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Last updated: September 2022